Free? Stories Celebrating Human Rights by Amnesty

Free? Stories Celebrating Human Rights by Amnesty

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To commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Walker Books and Amnesty International have joined together to create a short-story collection for young adults.

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Paperback: 224 pages
Age: 11+
Size: 12.6cm x 19.4cm


Hosting a variety of talented children's authors from all around the globe, the anthology embraces such themes as asylum, law, education and faith in a way that will both inspire and entertain.

Authors include: Amnesty International, David Almond, Ibtisam Barakat, Malorie Blackman, Theresa Breslin, Eoin Colfer, Roddy Doyle, Ursula Dubosarsky, Jamila Gavin, Patricia McCormick, Margaret Mahy, Michael Morpurgo, Sarah Mussi, Meja Mwangi, Rita Williams-Garcia and Jacqueline Wilson.

Amnesty International UK Director Kate Allen says:

"Free? captures the issues which are encompassed in human rights, such as education, religion and freedom of speech, in a way that is easy to understand and entertaining for young people. We are extremely delighted and privileged that these exceptional authors have contributed to this anthology and we hope that all who read this book will be inspired to stand up for justice."

Former Children's Laureate, Jacqueline Wilson, has written the foreword to Free? and says:

"So many brave writers have drawn attention to the horrors of repressive regimes, even though they've suffered as a result. The authors contributing stories to this beautiful book have given us much food for thought. Life isn't fair but we can do our best to right the wrongs."


'Readers should see the relevance of the human rights issues rasied in these stories. Many of the stories are set within a Western context or make connections between our Western lives and lifestyles and other parts of the world. Free? will be also a useful resource for teachers across the curriculum. Each of the stories is short enough to be read out in class or used as a source for a role play that children and young people can act out whilst still allowing time for discussion. There are broader issues about belonging, migration and slavery also contained within the book. Technically the different writing styles and techniques will be useful to many English teachers and make an interesting point of comparison between stories. Free? is a fantastic read and teaching resource about human rights and their continued importance today.'
- Write Away

'An absorbing book which in the age-old tradition of story telling, gets the point over to its young readers that not everyone in the world has the freedom they treat so lightly'
- Newbury Weekly News

'I think this an excellent way to get young people interested in human rights and to open their eyes to some of the atrocities and abuses that continue to happen around the world. The book contains a wide variety of stories, some by authors who are well known to most school children today, and some by some authors who are not known at all. None of the authors preach, they just tell good, readable stories that hopefully make the reader think a little. I liked all the stories (except one!) but my favourites are “No Trumpets Needed” by Michael Morpurgo and “If only Papa hadn't Danced” by Patricia McCormick.'
- Jan Lennon, Librarian, Loreto College, St Albans

'I got really into this book and read all the stories in one day! I think the book sends a very strong message. My favourite story is “If only Papa hadn’t danced” but I liked them all really.'
- Tara, Year 8, Loreto College, St Albans

'I like some stories more than others, but the Michael Morpurgo story about the kites “No Trumpets Needed” was my favourite. I think the book is a really good idea.'
- Josephine, Year 7, Loreto College, St Albans

'I like the introduction ‘Foreword’ by Jacqueline Wilson and “No Trumpets Needed’ by Michael Morpurgo because they were very interesting and thoughtful. The book is really good.'
- Yetunde, Year 7, Loreto College, St Albans

Paperback: 224 pages
Age: 11+
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd. (4 May 2009)
Language: English
ISBN: 9781406318302
Size: 12.6cm x 19.4cm
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ISBN 9781406318302
Supplier Walker Books
Values and causes Amnesty Branded, Educational

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